Wednesday 29 June 2011

Book Review - Forgotten

Title: Forgotten
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
Release Date: 6 Jun 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1405253611

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future. 

My Review
I saw this in the book shop and was drawn in by the cover, which I love by the way. So mysterious. The blurb was just as intriguing and I decided I had to have it.
London Lane is different, every night at 4.33 her memory resets, she doesn't remember any of her past, but in exchange she can see flashes of the future, not just her future, but that of her friends too. Trying to live a normal life London hasn't told anyone other than her mum and best friend of her secret. She gets through life by making notes of important events and information that she can read each morning to replace the memories. Until Luke Henry shows up at school, London can't see him in her past and he doesn't seem to show in her future either, but somehow she is drawn to him. When she starts getting strange flashbacks or flashforwards, London must try to piece against her past before her future collapses.
I will put one pet peeve here, this is just personal preference, but I really don't like the name London, a lot of books recently have used it and I just don't get the appeal, so it took me a while to relate to the character, but once I managed to put my dislike of the name to the side, I actually got into the story.
At points I found the story slightly unbelievable, surely someone would notice that you never remembered anything and no matter how many notes you make, you must miss some things. I couldn't get how no one had picked up on her strange behaviour. 
At first I was confused as to how she would know who her friend was, or her mum if she couldn't remember the past, but then it explained that because they were in her future *memories* then she knew who they were and I quite liked that idea.
London handles her situation very well and takes it in her stride no matter how many obstacles are thrown at her.
Luke is dream date worthy, totally sweet and thoughtful, good looking and respectful, the perfect guy! I had my fingers crossed he would show in her future throughout the book.
Jamie, London's best friend (who is a girl by the way) I found to be a bit whiny and in truth a bit of a b***ch throughout, she refused to take London's advice and I kind of wanted to slap her and tell her to get over herself, but this all added to the progression of the story and London's development too.
Overall the book was very well written and was a gave a great new spin to the amnesia story. I don't think I could cope with London's situation but I really enjoyed the book.
I read this in one day and especially towards the end I found that I could not pull away from it, I had to know how it will turn out.
I will definitely look for more by this author, she has great way for story-telling.

My Rating
I would give this book 9/10, a great intriguing read, full of mystery and great characters. Would definitely recommend. 


Arianne said...

I like your review! If I see it on sale somewhere, I might buy it :)

Cait said...

Great review! I don't think I've seen a bad review of this yet. Totally agree with you about the name. Her full name sounds stupid too London Lane, sounds like the name of a road!!

Feel free to link this review up to my new review based blog hop here Becky!

Book Sake said...

This sounds really good. I've seen the cover before but hadn't read the synopsis and now sounds even better after that and your review!

kaye (paper reader) said...

Stories like this with anything about altered memory are incredibly fascinating for me - I guess I like the medical aspect of it, too. I need to pick this one up when I can!

Lan said...

Sounds like a really interesting book. I love the heroine's name :) Not something I would normally read but 9/10 is hard to ignore!